PlayBook: RIM unveils new official keyboard case

PlayBook: RIM unveils new official keyboard caseThe world may have forgotten about the BlackBerry PlayBook (or, at least, the retailers may wish to forget it having slashed prices to shift them) but, amidst all the wrangling and speculation over RIM's future, it's nice to see that at least its daddy still loves it.

Case in point: months after it was released to the masses amidst huge fanfare, RIM has announced its own QWERTY keyboard which also doubles up as a case. It'll be out on March 23rd and set you back around £80.

The PlayBook mini keyboard even has a touchpad and RIM tells us you'll get 30 days out of a single charge. That's obviously based on usage, with some of us getting more than others.

It works off a wireless connection but, as is the way with BlackBerrys, RIM is taking security seriously with 128bit-encryption sure to keep nosey parkers away

The question is - is this a new ploy by RIM to keep the PlayBook afloat? Or is it launching it in anticipation of a renewed tablet assault in the months and years to come?

We'd love to know. RIM has remained committed to the PlayBook throughout though it's probably more concerned with keeping itself afloat right now as things stand.

Via N4bb

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Pondlife  Mar. 13, 2012 at 02:17

16gb playbook £169. Maybe
Keyboard for it £80. Nah.

mmmmmm  Mar. 13, 2012 at 08:06

Ive got a plan for RIM, call it the iplaybook stick a fruit on it and sell it for 3times the price, the will fly off the shelves and probably have a 4month waiting list........

hard123  Mar. 13, 2012 at 11:07

Yeah, what the hell? Eighty Sheets for a fricking keyboard. .

I've got an idea, lets turn a really portable 7" tablet into a really **** 7" netbook and charge a premium for the privilege

Pondlife  Mar. 13, 2012 at 11:17

Yeah had me thinking of the early netbooks too.
Screen is rather better at least.
And the storage come to think of it

hard123  Mar. 13, 2012 at 11:21

If I wanted/needed a keyboard, I'd take out my netbook, it'd do everything that Playbook will do with a keyboard a MILLION times better, it's a bizarre market, I'll never understand why anyone would want a keyboard for a tablet.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 13, 2012 at 12:25

Ive got a plan for RIM, call it the iplaybook stick a fruit on it and sell it for 3times the price, the will fly off the shelves and probably have a 4month waiting list........


It's getting kind of boring to bring up Apple every time another company launches a flop. RIM launched an average tab; an average tab that lacked the very stuff that defines BlackBerry phones. Apple has nothing to do with it. (not to mention you can buy cheaper iPad keyboards than this Blackberry thing)

RIM joined the tab game when other iPad competitors had already failed. Instead of distancing themselves from the tab mania to get a better perspective, they rushed to silence the shareholders and nagging bloggers.
NOT Apple's fault. Apple joined the phone market in 2007. They hadn't rushed. And though the first iPhone was far from great, it was different.
A few exceptions aside, you can buy many accessories for iDevices for a lot less than what the competition charges.
But unlike Apple, RIM couldn't get accessory makers to jump all over their product.
A minute before the first iPad was launched, nobody wanted one. Nobody thought they needed one. RIM jumped a crowded lifeboat. Not the fault of Apple's accessory catalogue.

Pondlife  Mar. 13, 2012 at 12:34

Taking so long to fix some of it's issues hasn't helped either.
I do like os 2.0 though

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 13, 2012 at 12:56

RIM - Like Nokia - don't quite get the speed of communication in this web age. You cannot announce updates and fixes and then not deliver, or deliver region by region over a period of months... People get antsy, especially when the so-called updates are really rather essential fixes.
Nokia should have released Belle BEFORE x-mas to make older Sym ^3 devices a stocking filler option. And RIM should have launched the Playbook with an email client... those crimes of omission stick in the consumer's memory like a nettle's sting.

Pondlife  Mar. 13, 2012 at 13:07

Yep no email was huge mistake. And too long to rectify it.
Really did like playing with os 2.0. And at that price it's tempting despite limited capabilities.
Still can't get Belle update on mate's N8 for that matter, he would pick worst network. If it was mine I'd go for a cleaner version but...

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 13, 2012 at 13:18

Yes, I did the merry-go-round with Nokia on twitter. First they said my N9 should have PR1.2 by now, so "try this that and the other", then after 3 days they admitted it wasn't actually out for my model... Embarrassing behaviour IN public ;)

Pondlife  Mar. 13, 2012 at 13:26

Little wonder they are going backwards fast.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 13, 2012 at 13:32



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